Originally Posted by Andy P
This is truly the new way of DJing, controllerism, and live electronic performance. What do you guys think?
Musical tastes being irrelevant to the question, I would contribute thus....
Music at its best is transcendental, but for musicians attending concerts there is a dichotomy between being transported by the artform and intellectually analysing the "musician-y" aspects of the performance.
As a bassist I used to stand in front of the bassist at a concert to study their moves.
So you could argue , with traditional instrumentalists on a stage it is the norm that you can watch their performance/technique,
So perhaps screen hiding mouse clicking laptop musos have been breaking this "contract" with the audience..
So maybe it's good they project their screens for audience to watch what they're doing and fellow electromusos to appreciate their techniques, for the moments when they're not being transcended.
It might be the new way of DJ, controllerism and live electronic performance, but it was already the norm with traditional instrumentalists.
I think the difficulty for musos and the general public alike , is how ,IF THEY WANT TO , judge the skill involved.
I shout "if they want to " because if they had a good night , enjoyed the music then maybe its not a concern, so don' t all flame me on this next point...
If they DO want to make a judgement on the musical content, watching clips triggered on a screen, a filter swept and an fx bus
Twiddled still doesnt tell them if the CONTENT of the clips was originally played by the performer, at least programmed by the performer, or is from some sample pack ...
Maybe the truly new way of electronic performance would be a multi-instrumentalist using DJ/electronic technology to livemix the multitrack video performances of him/ her playing all of the parts !